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Sheers Set For Chertsey Switch?

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Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Division One club Sheerwater FC could be set for a temporary move to neighbours Chertsey Town, after doubts about whether their proposed new ground will be ready for the start of the 2018/19 season.

With the proposed redevelopment of the Sheerwater area looking doubtful, and the club not currently in a financial position to install floodlights at their current home at Sheerwater Recreation Ground, a move to Alwyns Lane could help prolong the Sheers stay in the Combined Counties League whilst they sort out their long-term plans of a new ground at the Bishop David Brown school.

It is not just Sheerwater who currently face tricky times in the Combined Counties as Worcester Park, Staines Lammas and Farleigh Rovers also face demotion down to Step 7 due to failing the expected ground grading.

Worcester Park have previously played evening matches at Cobham and, with The Hammers reportedly looking for tenants next season, this could be a valuable option for them.

Fellow Combined Counties League members Banstead Athletic are also looking for tenants/groundsharers, which could potentially suit Farleigh Rovers, and with Egham Town’s Runnymede Stadium reportedly available for hire, Staines Lammas could definitely benefit from a groundshare at their Evo-Stik League South East neighbours.

With the Combined Counties League possibly set to lose teams to the new Step 4 league, they will need to ensure that they have enough teams in order to make themselves viable.

The possible addition of British Airways FC (at Ashford Town), Cricklewood Wanderers (at Wembley) and Tooting Bec to the Combined Counties League Division One would allow a capacity of twenty teams for the first time in over ten years.

(David Griffiths)

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